It may not be the first destination you think of when planning a luxury beach holiday, but along with flavoursome food, renowned wines, historical cities and rich culture, Italy has a sun-kissed coastline featuring some of Europe’s most beautiful beaches. Discover some of our favourite regions and islands in Italy, for a blissful beach holiday…
Once just a sleepy region on Italy’s south-east coast, Puglia is quickly growing into a shining star when it comes to beach holidays in Italy. Showcasing an enviable stretch of coastline, bordered by both the Ionian and Adriatic Sea, it’s the perfect choice for those in search of a ‘sand between your toes’ experience. Blend beach with culture by touring the grand city of Lecce, filled with stunning architectural feats, or visiting the region’s vineyards for a day of fabulous food and fine Italian wines. Located in Valle d’Itria, La Peschiera boasts a private stretch of sand along the peaceful waterfront, where guests can soak up the sun on a luxurious lounger or refuel at the elegant beachfront restaurant.
Known as the ‘city of flowers’, inspired by its colourful summer blossoms, Sanremo rests upon the Italian Riviera, boasting a golden-sand shoreline guaranteed to tempt sun-seeking travellers in search of a beach holiday in Italy. While the city itself features many remnants of its early nineteenth century golden-era, including the dazzling Casino Sanremo, the waterfront is characterised by swaying palms leading to soft sands and turquoise waters. Once home to European royalty, Royal Hotel Sanremo resides in acres of beautifully manicured gardens, located only a short walk from the beach. The hotel’s subtropical gardens also house a stunning seawater swimming pool, overlooking the glistening waters of the nearby shore
Venture off the coast to the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily. In addition to its spellbinding scenery, ancient ruins and the crowning glory of Mount Etna, the islet is bordered by a collection of sun-drenched beaches for every taste, from lively stretches of sand, to undiscovered hidden coves. Only a short stroll from the shore, you’ll find pretty fishing villages that provide the perfect place to buy traditional souvenirs or indulge in a light lunch, infused with Italian authenticity. Verdura Resort, A Rocco Forte Hotel elevates the brand’s trademark ‘Art of Simple Luxury’ to a heightened level, featuring a renowned spa, menus designed by a Michelin-starred chef, and not forgetting, nearly two-kilometres of private beach.
One of Italy’s most exclusive islands, Sardinia has long attracted a jet set crowd. With miles of white-sand beaches surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, discerning travellers flock to the island to savour the sunshine along the beachfront, as well as explore cosmopolitan towns such as Costa Smeralda, which boasts a luxury yacht marina and designer shopping district. There is also astounding archaeological sites which invite you to discover this island’s intriguing history, including UNESCO World Heritage-listed Su Nuraxi di Barumini, located close to the village of Barumini. Whether you’re a family, couple or a group of friends, Forte Village is the perfect base for your luxury holiday to Sardinia. With a seemingly endless list of facilities – including 21 restaurants, the Acquaforte Thalasso & Spa and a dedicated Children’s Wonderland – there’s nowhere else quite like this immense Italian resort.
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